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Browns' Haslam Denies Involvement With Univ. Of Tennessee Coaching Search
Published November 30, 2012
LEARNING ON THE FLY: Haslam said of his first season as Browns Owner, "I have a lot of takeaways, but I am far from an expert on the NFL. We have been involved (with the Browns) for three or four months. People are even more important in the NFL than a normal business like what we run because we don't have any hard assets. We don't own the stadium. We don't own the practice facility. So talent selection and getting the right person, whether it is quarterback, GM or coach -- that seems to be the Holy Triumvirate -- is just exceptionally important." SI.com's Richard Deitsch asked Haslam how "hands-on an NFL owner should be on a day-to-day basis." Haslam: "I think it all depends on the definition of hands-on. ... I just believe that collective collaborative wisdom is the best way to do things. I don't think you will see us calling plays or making personnel decisions, but strategically we are going to be involved because these businesses do not run by themselves" (SI.com, 11/29).
WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S: In Akron, Nate Ulrich notes former Browns QB Bernie Kosar has "publicly expressed a desire to work for the organization." Haslam said that he is "in contact with Kosar but hasn't formally discussed hiring him." Haslam: "We have not had any talks with Bernie involving any kind of official capacity. As you know, Bernie is a Cleveland icon. He and I talk and text frequently" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 11/30).